This Free Webinar Will Discuss the Importance of LGBTQIA+ Travel and Celebrate Pride (Video)

Skyscanner is bringing the LGBTQIA+ travel community together on June 18.

Travel has always brought a unique set of issues for the LGBTQIA+ community. Individual safety and comfort, for example, factors greatly when deciding where to go and what to do.

But this June, one travel company is hosting a virtual event to help discuss these important issues and celebrate LGBTQIA+ travel in honor of Pride.

Sadly, actually traveling for Pride 2020 isn’t in the cards this year due to the widespread impact of coronavirus on businesses, communities, and the travel industry itself. But instead of cancelling the events altogether, Pride organizers have moved the celebrations, discussions, panels, and rallies online.

On Thursday, June 18, Skyscanner will host its first-ever Travel with Pride webinar series, and it’s absolutely free to tune in.

“We know that nothing can (nor should) replace the feeling that a Pride celebration surrounds us with, but we also know that this year it's just not possible. 2020 is the year Pride celebrations move online and, heck, we're going to make sure we're loud about it,” it says on the event website.

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The five hour event will include a line-up of several online panels discussing the challenges and importance of LGBTQIA+ travel, the impact of coronavirus, and even a question and answer discussion hosted by international drag queens Athena Dion, Alyssa Van Delle, and Skyla Versai. Other hosts include representatives of Skyscanner as well as influencers like Roxanne & Maartje of Once Upon a Journey, Sion and Ben of The Globetrotter Guys, and Aisha and Alexia of The Queer Nomads.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. EST. If you’d like to register, visit the webinar’s page on Eventbrite. But if you can’t make it for the live panels, don’t despair. Skyscanner will also post recordings of the event on its website.

A number of other Pride activities are also open to join in throughout June. Check out the Pride NYC website for even more interesting discussions, resources, ways to get involved, and even live online events like a special broadcast on ABC celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March.

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